Sociology uses behavioral research methods to answer fundamental questions about why and how groups of people behave the way they do; from work to school to relationships with others.  How social forces like culture, the economy, and social inequality are focal points of the major.

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Sociology provides an excellent foundation for work in a wide variety of fields in public and social service, law, research, health, and nearly every industry. Sociology emphasizes hidden and overlooked elements of human collective behaviors, from the most mundane social habits to world-changing protest movements. Social theories and research assists our understanding of behaviors that many casually notice but do not deeply observe, yet sociologists strive to understand and describe hidden structures that encourage some actions and prohibit others.

Program Length

Four semesters with 12 units per semester.

Transfer Options

Students commonly transfer to local universities to complete their undergraduate work in sociology, including UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, CSU Fullerton, and CSU Long Beach.

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
PSYC 10*Statistical Methods in the Behavioral SciencesB43
SOC 1/1H or SOC 2Introduction to Sociology or Social ProblemsD & Major3
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
SOC 20Ethnic and Minority Group RelationsD & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course C13
GS 10 or GS 20Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Gender and Contemporary SocietyMajor3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SOC 10 or SOC 30Introduction to Marriage and Family or Social PsychologyMajor3
Social Justice MajorSocial Justice Studies AA-T Major Course from Areas 2, 3 or 5Major3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseC23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)1-3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
PS 1American GovernmentD & Major3
SOC 19Sociology of Sex and Gender (Spring Only)Major3
Foreign LanguageChinese, Japanese, French, Sign Launguage or SpanishC24-5
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
  1. Students can take PSYC 10 or another math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE Area B4; however, PSYC 10 is recommended.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
PSYC 10*Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences2A & Major3
SOC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Sociology or Honors 4 & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
Arts Arts GE Course3A3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
SOC 2Social Problems4 & Major3
PHIL 2 or PS 5Introduction Ethics or Political Philosophy3B3
ANTH 1Physical Anthropology Course5B3
ANTH 1 LABPhysical Anthropology Lab Course5C1
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SOC 15 or SOC 30Socialization of the Child or Social Psychology43
SOC 10Introduction to Marriage and Family43
Arts or HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course 3A or 3B3
ANTH 2Cultural Anthropology 43
HistoryAny UC Transfer History Course (Courses 1-99)3B or 43
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
SOC 3Global Sociology: Change in the Modern World System43
SOC 19The Sociology of Sex and Gender (Spring Only)43
SOC 20Ethnic and Minority Group Relations43
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99) 3
  1. Students can take PSYC 10 or another math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement for IGETC GE Area 2A; however, PSYC 10 is recommended.
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
PSYC 10*Statistical Methods in the Behavioral SciencesB43
SOC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Sociology or Honors D & Major3
Learning & Self DevLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
SOC 2Social ProblemsD & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course C13
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SOC 10, 19, 20 or 30Various Sociology CoursesMajor3
SOC 10, 19, 20 or 30Various Sociology CoursesMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History Through the Civil War or American History Since the Civil WarC2 or D3
ANTH 1Physical AnthropologyB23
ANTH 1 LABPhysical Anthropology LabB31
PHIL 2 or PS 5Introduction to Ethics or Political PhilosophyC23
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
SOC 3, 10, 15, 19, 20 or 30Various Sociology CoursesMajor3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
HistoryAny CSU Transferable History Course (Courses 1-199)C2 or D3
Transfer ElectivesCSU Transferable Electives (Courses 1-199)3
  1. Students can take PSYC 10 or another math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement for CSU GE Area B4; however, PSYC 10 is recommended.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
PSYC 10*Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences23
SOC 1 or 1HIntroduction to Sociology or Honors4 & Major3
ANTH 2Cultural Anthropology5 & Major3
Lifelong Health**Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking1C3-4
SOC 3Global Sociology: Change in the Modern World System4 & Major3
SOC 10Introduction to Marriage and Family4 &Major3
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73-5
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SOC 2Social Problems4 & Major3
SOC 15Socialization of the Child (Recommended Elective)43
PHIL 2 or PS 5 Introducation to Ethics or Political Philosophy63
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Lifelong Health**Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C2-3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
SOC 19The Sociology of Sex and Gender (Recommended Elective)43
SOC 20Ethnic and Minority Group Relations4 & Major3
ANTH 1Physical Anthropology33
HistoryAny History Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Students can take PSYC 10 or another math course that meets the AA GE math requirement for GE Area 2; however, PSYC 10 is recommended.
  2. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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